Discover Bridge Through Hool (Open to All)

The benefits of Bridge have been well researched and documented: 1) Cognitive Workout, 2) Enhanced Immunity, and 3) Opportunity for Social Interaction. This can be a fantastic game for the entire family too!


20 July 2020


8:30 - 10:00pm

On Days

Fee (₹, incl taxes)


Mo/ We/ Fr/ Mo/ We


Lifelong Learners

About the Course

Open to All Adults

The impact of Bridge on children and adults alike - ranging from significantly improved test scores, memory, immune system, soft skills, among others - are well documented (from our GenWise Blog Archives)...

Two components of bridge promote healthy aging and therefore make it an ideal game for adults.  Bridge provides 1) a cognitive workout, 2) enhanced immunity, and 3) an opportunity for social interaction.  The combination of these key components sets bridge apart from many other leisure-time activities such solving crossword and other puzzles, sudoku, etc.

From a cognitive workout perspective, Bridge helps with concentration/ attention. reasoning, organizing, sequencing, learning and communicating through the coded language of bidding, memory, and visualization!

A study in 2000 at the University of California, Berkeley, found strong evidence that an area in the brain used in playing bridge stimulates the immune system.

Two of the smartest Americans, if not the most accomplished bridge players, are Warren Buffett, 89, and Bill Gates, 64. Buffett once said that he wouldn't mind going to jail — if he had three cell mates who were capable bridge players!!

In 2019, GenWise decided to integrate Bridge into our GenWise Summer Program, which was very well received. Bridge is difficult to pick up, especially in the modern age, with short attention spans – Amaresh, our mentor for the 2020 Program, has developed a precursor game (Hool), which reduces the barrier to learn Bridge. Hool is a shorter and faster version of Bridge, and is available in 2 formats - a Board Game, and a Mobile App. Both formats are recognized by the World Bridge Federation.

This program, targeted at adults, is a fantastic opportunity for the family to be gently introduced to the game of Bridge. There are plenty of opportunities to play online, as well as in most clubs in your city!

Please go through the attached links for well-researched articles that speak to the importance of learning to play Bridge:

About our Facilitator:

Amaresh Deshpande

Amaresh Deshpande

Amaresh is helping to develop Bridge in India and around the world.

A teacher at heart, Amaresh's mission is to introduce Bridge softly to children (and adults) via his Double Dummy App - KIDA. This App is translated into 40 languages. Amaresh has also designed a precursor to Bridge, called Hool, which has been featured on the World Bridge Federation site as one of the more interesting tools to learn Bridge. Amaresh has also contributed to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), the governing organisation for Contract Bridge in North America.

He is actively involved in teaching bridge in the village of Raibidpura (in tribal district Khargone, MP) where he uses bridge to teach math in the schools. Amaresh also introduces city children to Bridge through his work with schools such as Bombay Scottish and BIS.